Created in the year Hockney moved to Paris, this print shows Hockney's favourite composer Richard Wagner. In the 1980s the artist undertook stage designs for a production of Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde'.
This is a two-colour, hard-ground etching printed from one copper plate. It was issued in an edition of 100. Hockney worked in London with his assistant Maurice Payne to create the print. Wagner's famous profile is playfully distorted by the water, exaggerating his prominent nose.
The same year as this print was produced, artist Michael Craig-Martin created the conceptual art work 'An Oak Tree' which comprised a glass of water on a shelf. This print could have been Hockney's wry comment on conceptual art.
- Artwork Details: 21.5 x 15.5cm
- Edition: 46/100
- Material description: etching
- Credit line: © David Hockney
- Theme: Still Life
- Medium: Print
- Accession number: PR 92